Students ask that media houses to allocate more study time

By Alice Lubwama

Makerere University College of computing and information science has urged the Government to put in place measures to support effective study and learning during the lock down and other future pandemics.

A survey conducted in four districts across all regions including Kyenjojo, Sironko , Mukono and Nakapiripirit, on how students were able to access study information during the lock down showed that 23.7 % students were mainly using print study materials, 34% used television while 51.5% used radios.

The survey also indicated that 84.9% indicated that the learning materials had inadequate content, inadequate explanations, subjects were not balanced and insufficient media time.

While releasing the findings, the head of department Library and information science Makerere University, Dr Joyce Bukirwa said that the main challenges constrained the students from accessing information, included lack of nearby libraries, high cost of data bundles and OTT tax, failure to find relevant information, insufficient lessons among others.

Bukirwa said that in order to overcome the challenges, the students suggested that the government should the cost of internet bundles and OTT. They also suggested that community libraries should be established for them to access the necessary information to supplement their studies .

Students, especially those coming from very rural districts want the lessons on radio and televisions allocated more time. They also would wish their parents reduce the domestic work to allow more time to study.

Security guard shoots student to death

By Segawa Robert
Police in Jinja is Investigating circumstances under which a student of Kampala University Jinja branch was shot dead by a private security guard at the Campus premises .

The deceased has been identified as Katagwa Isaac 26 year’s old waiting for graduation in January next year but he was retained as a part time worker at the university.

According to Diana Nandaula Kiira region police spokesperson the incident happened at Walukuba Masese Sub county in Jinja municipality last night.

She also identified the suspect as Sayyid Zaid 37 years of age attached to Star react private Company based in Jinja town.

It is alleged that the guard suspected Katagwa to be a wrong person and shot at him killing him instantly.

Nandaula further adds that the suspect is detained at Jinja and his gun is also exhibited to help in Investigation. The deceased’s body has been taken to Jinja referral hospital for Postmortem.

Teacher beats student to death in Kaliro

By Robert Ssegawa
A  secondary school teacher has been arrested in the eastern district of Kaliro for allegedly beating a student to death.
Kenneth Wako a teacher at Namugogo secondary school was picked up by police this morning following reports that he battered a student called Siraj Sezaka a senior one student after finding him sleeping in a dormitory while others were in class last night.
Kaliro DPC Henry Kintu says the students who became unconscious after the beating was pronounced dead upon arrival at Kaliro Smart Clinic where he was rushed for treatment.